Ok, I’ll admit it, I am an action addict. It is the real reason why I find the need to simplify a challenge and so important. For years, have been swinging from chaos and that spiraling, out-of-control feeling, to peace, simplicity and organization. Back and forth. I am just now seeing the pattern. When life gets too hectic, I purge. I drop out of my commitments, I disappear from social events and stop going to the gym. I pull back from my activities and focus on slowing down and reconstituting some order in my life. I stay home, I organize, I take naps, I look at magazines, read books and relax (well besides chasing my kiddos around and maintaining the home front.) Then, when I feel refreshed, peaceful and confident, I slowly begin to add activities back again. I pick up activities one by one until life is humming along again.
I seem to repeat this cycle several times a year. At least I am getting better at realizing when I am on over-load and I know how to make quick adjustments. Currently, I am in halt-all-external-activities mode. Today, the house is finally clean and more organized than it has been in six, seven, or eight months. I feel really good about it, like getting all the clutter removed has allowed me to take a big breath of air. I have filled my lungs to capacity and I feel strong and energized again. As I settle more deeply into this life of purpose and simplicity I will feel this way everyday! That’s my goal, along with about 100 other ones. Here I simply go.